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in order unassisted. >> the debt crisis is weighing heavily on the minds of u.s. troops in afghanistan. when joint chiefs chairman admiral mike mullen made an unnonsed visit to afghanistan, some soldiers asked about how the debt crisis would affect their paychecks. harry reid talked about the encounter on the senate floor. >> soldiers admiral mullen talked with weren't asking about military strategy or how a drawdown would affect them. they asked whether they would get paid if republicans force the united states to stop paying its bills. the reason that has been rocked by violence and plagued by suicide bombers, they wondered how they would take care of families if the checks stop coming next month. the troops also pressed mullen on how it would affect military operations. what is it going to take to find a solution to the debt crisis? wolf blitzer and don lemon break down the hurdles and options. don't miss get it done tonight 9:00 eastern only on cnn. >>> i'll be back in one hour from now with the latest from washington as negotiations continue to work out a debt deal before tuesday'
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the upcoming vote. >> -- ask about military strategy or how a troop drawdown in afghanistan would affect them. no. they ask whether they would pay for republicans to force the united states government to stop paying its bills. a region that has been rocked by violence and plagued by suicide bombers this month and wondered how they would take care of their families if the checks stopped coming next month. let me read a little bit of that that came out yesterday. "half a world away from the capitol, capitol hill deadlock, the debt crisis weighs heavily on troops in afghanistan. and the top question on their minds saturday, even as bombings rocked the city around them, was one a top united states military officer couldn't answer -- will we get paid?" admiral mullen went on to say, "i don't know the answer to that question. but either way, those soldiers, all of you must continue to work every day." this is really unacceptable. a country as rich and powerful as ours, men and women with bombs going off arnold them, shouldn't wonder if this country would leave them high and dry. this afternoon i've
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afghanistan killing 12 officers and injuring 14.
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to afghanistan. troops asked him how a u.s. default would affect their paychecks. >> one of the concerns that -- that young men and women expressed to me on this trip is here we are halfway around the world fighting our country's wars. and i've got to worry about a paycheck potentially on the 15th of august. which is what would be the first payday, if you will, from my understanding, would be in jeopardy if, in fact, we default. >> the soldiers also pressed mullen about the debt debate's impact on overall military operations. >>> in a lingering question, is washington on the right path to avoid a downgrade of the u.s. credit rating? earlier cnn's gloria borger talked with a top economist about that. >> do you think this is also enough to kind of avert a downgrade from our aaa status right now? >> well, yes, of course, i'm -- you know, i'm not in the rating agency. i can't speak for them. but listening to what they have to say, i think this would be sufficient, yes. you know, all the rating agencies have different opinions. some may go down a different path. i think broadly speaking, if i
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an unannounced visit to afghanistan, troops asked him how a u.s. default would affect their paychecks. >> one of the concerns that -- that young men and women expressed to me on this trip is here we are halfway around the world, fighting our country's wars, and i've got to worry about a paycheck potentially on the 15th of august, which is what would be the first payday, if you will, that from my understanding would be in jeopardy if, in fact, we default. >> the soldiers also pressed mullen about the debt debates impact on overall military operations. >>> a u.s. default could certainly hurt world markets. as the u.s. dollar plays a critical role in global economies. joining me right now by phone to discuss the impact of the debt crisis on the asian markets which begin to open in less than three hours from now, pauline chiou. how do you expect the markets may react from the dribblings of a possible deal? >> reporter: yes. dribble, dribble, yeah. we're hanging on to every word of what's coming out of washington. even though it's the early morning hours here in asia. well, fredricka, at this mome